, NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 24 – President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday increased the number of Principal Secretaries from 26 to 41 as part of his efforts to combat corruption in government.
President Kenyatta said breaking down the state departments into 41 and putting a Principal Secretary in-charge of each is intended to increase accountability and eliminate corruption which is most prevalent in the area of procurement.
He said he increased their number following consultations with the Public Service Commission and a day after outlining his strategy to combat run-away corruption in government.
The changes include the exclusion of individuals facing graft cases such as now former Planning Principal Secretary Peter Mangiti and Nduva Muli who was the PS Transport.
Other notable changes include the inclusion of Betty Maina, the former CEO of the Kenya Association of Manufacturers as PS East African Integration and brother to prominent politician Julius Sunkuli, Charles, as the PS Environment.
Ambassador Monica Juma who Parliament rejected as President Kenyatta’s Secretary to the Cabinet nominee leaves the Interior Ministry for Foreign Affairs replacing Karanja Kibicho who is now the Interior PS.
Nicholas Muraguri has been promoted from the Director of Medical Services to the Health PS while Belio Kipsang and Colleta Suda remain in the Ministry of Education.
President Kenyatta said he would within the fortnight also announce changes to the management of his office.
In an effort to kick-start his ‘war’ on corruption, President Kenyatta urged the National Assembly to fast-track the vetting of his nominees.
Agriculture – Richard Lesiyampe
Arts and Culture – Joe Okudo
Basic Education Belio Kipsang
Broadcast and Telecommunication – Sammy Ntimere
Co-operatives – Ali Noor Ismail
Correctional Services – Michael Owuor
Defence – Amb Peter Kaberia
Devolution – Mwanamaka Mabruki
East African Integration – Betty Maina*
Energy – Engineer Joseph Njoroge
Environment – Charles Sunkuli*
Fisheries – Ntiba Michemi
Interior – Karanja Kibicho*
Youth and Public Service – Lilian Omolo
Health – Nicholas Muraguri*
Housing and Urban Development – Ida Munano
ICT – Victor Kyalo
Industry and Enterprise Development – Julius Korir
Infrastructure – John Musonik
Foreign Affairs – Monica Juma*
International Trade – Charles Kiptoo
Irrigation – Patrick Nduati Mwangi
Labour – Khadija Kasachoon
Lands – Maryam El Mawi*
Livestock –Andrew Kimor
Maritime Commerce – Nancy Karigilu
Mining – Mohamed Ibrahim
National Treasury – Kamau Thugge
National Water Services – Fred Sigor
Natural Resources – Margaret Mwakima
Petroleum – Andrew Kamau
Planning and Statistics – Saitoti Ntorome
Public Works — Paul Mwangi
NSSF – Susan Mchache
Special Programmes – Jospheta Mkobe
Sports Development – Richard Nkai
Tourism – Fatuma Hersi
Transport – Wilson Irungu
Universities and Higher Education — Colleta Suda*
Vocational Institutions – Ngina Mwinzi
Gender Affairs – Zainab Hussein